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Are you ready to bike to school?

Are you ready to bike to school?

Bike to School Week – May 29 to June 2

Monday, May 29, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

When you hear the word “transportation”, your mind may gravitate to cars, busses or trains; machines that use mostly non-renewable fuels and emit greenhouse gases and air pollutants. However, the most sustainable form of transportation takes place when we use our own “fuel”, the kinetic energy of moving our bodies. This type of transportation is called “active transportation”, and includes activities such as walking and wheeling.

 

Unfortunately, in the course of a single generation, there has been a significant decline in the percentage of students walking and cycling to school. In response to this trend, the Board of Trustees approved a Charter for Active Safe and Sustainable Transportation (ASST) in 2013. Through this Charter, the TDSB has committed to supporting ASST more fully in our schools. 

 

This week, the TDSB, along with school boards, public health offices, municipalities, and non-government organizations across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will be participating in Bike to School Week, an annual celebration of active transportation. Students from four TDSB secondary schools will be kicking off the week by joining the Bike to Work Group Commute ride to City Hall on Monday, May 29. Throughout the week, Bike to School Week activities will be taking place at 115 TDSB schools – up from 91 in 2015/16. Some of these events will include active transportation messaging in morning announcements, providing incentives to students that cycle to school and hosting bike rodeos.

 

It’s important to remember that the transportation choices we make every day have an impact on the environment, our health, the economy and society.  Choosing an active mode to travel is healthier for the earth and for us.

 

Join Bike to School Week! Tweet at @ecoschoolsTDSB using #biketoschool.

 

 

Note:

While everyone is encouraged to wear a helmet when on a bicycle, those under 18 years of age are required to do so by law. The Toronto Police Service have released the following safety video to help ensure helmets are properly fitted: https://youtu.be/8g9E4FgTNMc

 

 

 
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